Olympics 2012

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This Johnny foreigner did enjoy the olympic’s opening ceremony. Here are few of the things which caught my eye

1. Guard of Honour provided for the flame by workers who made the olympic park.

2. The olympic flame not being lit by some big shot but by junior athletes.

3 NHS full-time staff being made star of the show.

The underlying theme for me was that small matters. This was about the “Small” person.

I suspect India will win two golds both in boxing ( A big thing for us if  you forget our size). Mary Kom from the small north-east will come back home with a gold along with one of the boys from Haryana’s Villages. The small theme continues

The biggest news for me in this olympics so far was a North Korean winning a bronze in weightlifting. She comes from a small derided country.

Ah Olympic Romanticism

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Dreams by Langston Hughes

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Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Views and News from my side….

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Doing a bit more than normal has led to me not updating my once in two days blog. I am planning to update it a couple of times in a week from now onwards. Once on a Weekend and once on a Weekday.

A couple of issues made me sit up and take notice of things.

1. Hollande Wins. Well that was not unexpected. However i did notice a piece of news where he would be meeting the “Socialist” Obama in the White House. Jeez he makes Obama seem like Sarkozy.

2. Greece elected a sizable number of far-right MP’s. They seem to make LePen’s FN look like bunnies. My Advice: EU beware. Don’t discount the democratic deficit in your organisation.

3. IPL and drink driving seems to be the major news story in India. Indian Premier League is a Premier League for that silly game where people stand at one place, like baseball, and think its a sport. Anyways we had incidents of owners throwing a tantrum, organisers throwing a tantrum and players well acting like players. I wouldn’t bore you with details except suggest you google IPL. It will make for an exciting weekend.

4. Disaster – Kenny Dalglish sacked. What do Americans know about football ?

5. I have been reviewing cars lately. I have been specifically looking for  a hatchback. For drivers be sure to look at the following when choosing your car. Ford Figo Diesel with its excellent handling and solid feel and Honda Brio for its sexy Engine and Gearbox.

What do i want in an Indian President ?

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The two traits which i look for in an Indian President would be

a) Understanding Constitutional proprietary –  I don’t want the Indian President be to media savvy. I want the President to be measured and reserved in his or her comments. The person should have an academic understanding of the constitutional duties of the Indian President so his or her tenure can be controversy free. The person should not be prejudiced towards any political idea.

b) A symbol of India – The President of India should symbolise the Republic of India. I want that one person to reflect the people of India in terms of their feelings, hopes, aspirations etc. I would want that one person to reflect the hopes and feelings of the tribals of the North East, the disaffected youth of the Kashmir Valley, the aspirational class of Bombay ( I was born when it was called Bombay and no Thackeray is going to make me call it Mumbai), the sensitivities of the Tamils of Madras ( If I am going to call Mumbai – Bombay then I better call Chennai- Madras).

So if a Pranab Mukherjee can do the above two or a Narayan Murthy do the above two I will support them. But they need to reflect the above two points before they get elected.

So do I have a candidate who I wish could become the President of India ? If I had the choice I would support PA Sangma. He is a Garo tribal from the North Eastern state of Meghalaya. Coming from a region , and i am including the entire North East, which has seen a lot of violence he would symbolise the “Unity in Diversity” concept of the Union. He would be a positive role model for various communities with their unique identities on how to live with the contradictions of India. He would be able to represent disaffected youth from all parts of the country. He has been a top parliamentarian in the prejudiced madhouse of Delhi – this shows he is aspirational and a trailblazer. He has been one of the best speakers in the Lok Sabha and was considered to be tough, fair and balanced. Thus he would in my opinion reflect the image of Current Day India as well have an understanding of the constitutional duties of the President.

Lok Pal Bill

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Ex Indian President, His Excellency, APJ Abdul Kalam’s views on the Lok Pal Bill is something which i agree with.  This  man of vision, fair play and hard work has also shown he understands the psyche of India and its people. His assertion that the  Lok Pal Bill is just going to fill up jails and not clean up corruption in the Government machinery is absolutely correct. He asserts that it’s the kids of today who would decide if India becomes a less corrupt society or not. He implies that the values of Indians as it stands does not discourage corruption. There seems to be a consent in Society that corruption will happen. Until we don’t bring a change in society which would change us from a country ” where there is someone always willing to sell his mother” to a country ” where corruption and corrupt people are treated as equivalent to murders and murderers” we wont reduce corruption. I don’t not mean to equate the two crimes nor do I mean to suggest that the punishment should be equivalent but  I am suggesting that people from all parts of India should treat those who take bribes or offer bribes as equivalent socially to murderers. If this attitude is encouraged in the kids of today only then would we change as a country in the future. And this needs to be a national mission as corruption methods/standards differ from state to state.

Mental Health

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Mental Health Issues – Neither understood by the sufferer nor by the observer – GSD

Diana Krall – The Voice

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I am just listening to Diana Krall sing her version of Walk on By as I pen this post. What a beautiful voice and what a beautiful lady she is. That voice does hit you somewhere even if you are a cold-hearted b***t*** like me.She has just made me feel better without me actually knowing her or speaking to her. Hey i am not going to write a psycho type of post about her, don’t y’all worry, I have not yet lost my mental balance. What i wanted to say in a few words is why can’t the popular music industry highlight people like her vis-a-vis the Rhianna’s and Beyonce’s of this world. I actually want to listen to music which hits what it is supposed to hit rather than Lovie duvvies showing who has better boobs or thundering thighs. Wait a minute, I dont mind the boobs and the thighs ( am I a perv ?) I like them, but I know I would vote for the Adele’s and the Krall’s of this world…

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